canned venison

Originally Published in 2010

I canned five pints of venison over the weekend, using my pressure canner for the first time ever. I have to say, having such a large contraption hissing and steaming at you is quite intimidating! At times, it was downright scary. And my husband wasn’t helping. He kept telling me, “Uh, Kendra, maybe you should get back from that thing. No, seriously, Get Back!” He’s so funny.

A friend of ours who hunts had a freezer full of venison. Well, his freezer went out and all of the meat had thawed, so he had to do something with it. He gave us several ziploc bags full of meat, but I knew I couldn’t re-freeze it, and it was way too much to eat within a few days, so I determined to can it.

After looking online for a good recipe for canned venison, I found THIS ONE:

Ingredients per pint jar

  • 1 pound cubed lean venison
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 slices onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced green bell pepper (optional)

Directions

Place the uncooked venison into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic; toss to combine. Stuff the venison into each canning jar along with the onions and bell peppers. Jars should be filled to within 1/2 inch of the top. Wipe rim with a clean, damp cloth, then screw on the lid and ring.

Place filled jars into your pressure canner and proceed as per manufacturerโ€™s directions. Process pints for 75 min at 10 lbs pressure (or quarts for 90 min. at 10 lbs pressure).

It was really easy, ’cause you don’t have to cook the meat or anything beforehand; just chop it up and pack the jars. I wondered if the meat would be cooked after being canned. YES! It is definitely cooked. It smelled SO good when it was finished.
I haven’t tried any yet, but I’m sure it will be yummy. All I’ll have to do is dump it out of the jars and heat it up before serving. Here are some ideas for using the meat:
  • Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or noodles.
  • Eat it on a sandwich.
  • Make venison quesadillas, or tacos.
  • Use it in a stew or soup.
I’m pretty proud of myself! I’m even tempted to thaw out a bunch of the beef we have packed in our freezer to can as well. I also made deer jerky from what our friend gave us… but that’s another post!
Oh, and by the way, I used my canner on my flat top stove… even though you aren’t “supposed to”. They warn that the weight of the canner could crack the glass top stove surface, or that it will ruin the burner element due to the pot being larger than the burner. I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I’ve had a lot of other people tell me that they’ve had no problem canning on their flat top stoves. I’m happy to say that I had no problem doing it as well.
Have you ever canned venison? Do you have a favorite recipe to share?